Thoroughly wipe down and disinfect doorknobs, desks, bedside tables, bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters, and children’s toys, as these are the most germ-contaminated areas of the home. According to the CDC, flu viruses (including H1N1) can survive between eight and 12 hours on paper or cloth and 24 to 48 hours on non-porous surfaces like doorknobs or desks.

Use natural products such as vinegar and water when cleaning and disinfecting to limit exposure to toxic chemicals found in commercial cleaners.

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 15 seconds. When washing hands in public places, use a paper towel to shut off the faucet and to open the bathroom door on the way out to limit contact with flu germs.

Drink a lot of fluids including water, hot tea, and soup to stay hydrated. Peppermint flavor teas clear nasal congestion and open up your airways. Healthy soup options can provide a full serving of phytochemical-rich root vegetables and protein-rich meats or beans.

Take vitamins every day like Vitamin C and Zinc. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant proven to shorten the duration of the flu. Zinc is an herb that has been used for centuries to help bolster the immune system.

Exercise daily to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce stress. Taking a brisk walk for just 30 minutes a day is a great way to elevate your heart rate and escape the stressors of the day.

Limit contact with others who have flu symptoms. If you or your children contract the flu, stay home from work or keep children out of school.